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Too Late To Operate? Surgery Near End Of Life Is Common, Costly

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 8:01am

Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergoes an operation in the final year of life. The benefits are often limited, but the costs and side effects can be substantial.

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Long-Term Effects Of Psychotropic Drugs Are 'Cloaked In Mystery'

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:21pm

When it comes to antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs, author Lauren Slater says, "We don't really know what we're taking into our bodies." Her new book is Blue Dreams.

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Your 2018 Health Plan Must Comply With ACA Rules Or You Risk Tax Penalties

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 6:00am

The tax reform law passed in December did repeal the Affordable Care Act's penalties for not having comprehensive health insurance. But the penalties are still in effect until 2019.

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Lost Art Of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare Their Spines

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 6:01am

No, we're not talking about squatting. We're talking about a way to bend over that has nearly disappeared in our culture. And it could be one reason why back pain is so common in the U.S.

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Pediatricians Call For Universal Depression Screening For Teens

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 1:03am

The nation's leading group of pediatricians has updated its guidelines for tackling teen mental health issues. One recommendation: Annual depression screening for all adolescents 12 and older.

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No Downturn In Obesity Among U.S. Kids, Report Finds

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 1:02am

The childhood obesity epidemic rages on in the United States, with a big surge among the youngest kids, according to the latest government data.

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When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air?

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 9:14am

Public health agencies are set up to regulate air pollution from cars, trucks and factories. Wildfire smoke presents a different set of threats, prompting some of those agencies to rethink priorities.

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Montana Wildfires Provide A Wealth Of Data On Health Effects Of Smoke Exposure

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 9:08am

Last summer's wildfires handed scientists a rare chance to study effects of smoke on residents. Most previous work had been on wood-burning stoves, urban air pollution and the effects on firefighters.

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Scientists Aim To Pull Peer Review Out Of The 17th Century

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 8:44am

Some scientists want to change the old-fashioned way scientific advancements are evaluated and communicated. But they have to overcome the power structure of the traditional journal vetting process.

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Plastic Additive BPA Not Much Of A Threat, Government Study Finds

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 5:06pm

Many consumers avoid plastic products containing the chemical BPA, but a large study of rats suggests those water bottles and food cans are safe.

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These 10 ERs Sharply Reduced Opioid Use And Still Eased Pain

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:12pm

Collaboration was key for the 10 emergency rooms that cut opioid prescriptions by 36 percent. Doctors say they now use less addictive medicines to manage pain and have shifted patients' expectations.

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Cave Art May Have Been Handiwork Of Neanderthals

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 3:14pm

Scientists say some of the earliest cave art found in Europe was done before humans arrived; thus, Neanderthal art, suggesting that our "brutish" cousins were capable of symbolic thinking.

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Synergy Between Nurses And Automation Could Be Key To Finding Sepsis Early

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 1:40pm

A bedside computer loaded with software that tracks vital signs in the ICU can pick up early warning patterns, specialists say. But it takes a human care provider to sort the signal from the noise.

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Did An IV Cocktail Of Vitamins And Drugs Save This Lumberjack From Sepsis?

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:40pm

A 51-year-old man nearly died from septic shock, when a crushing injury led to overwhelming infection. After getting an experimental treatment, he's recovering well, but some doctors want more proof.

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Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 6:00am

More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.

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ER Reduces Opioid Use By More Than Half With Dry Needles, Laughing Gas

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:02pm

Opioid prescriptions in one of the busiest emergency rooms in the U.S dropped 58 percent in the first year of an unusual program to help stem the opioid epidemic. More hospitals are copying the model.

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Anthem Says Eye Surgeons Should Monitor Cataract Anesthesia Themselves

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:03pm

The insurer says it is not usually medically necessary to have an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist on hand most of the time during the common surgery.

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Trump Administration Wants To Let Insurers Offer Plans With Fewer Benefits

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:48pm

The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would expand short-term policies that don't have to meet the Affordable Care Act's benefit requirements.

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How Long Are You Contagious With The Flu?

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 6:00am

Finally getting out from under the flu? Just because you're feeling better doesn't mean you can't get other people sick. You can spread the flu for longer than you might think.

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She Survived Breast Cancer, But Says A Treatment Side Effect 'Almost Killed' Her

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 5:50am

When many lymph nodes are removed along with a tumor, some patients develop painful and debilitating swelling — lymphedema. More doctors should recognize and help prevent the problem, surgeons say.

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